Tuesday, 7 July 2009

To love, honour and betray (till divorce us do part) - Kathy Lette

Pages: 320
Published: 2008

How can a husband have a midlife crisis when he's never left puberty?

Marriage is a fun-packed, frivolous activity – only occasionally resulting in death.

Lucy’s been married for so long, her wedding certificate should be in hieroglyphics. When Jasper walks out after eighteen years, she panics. What will she do about vehicle maintenance, shifting heavy objects and Allen keys? Not to mention her rebellious teenage daughter Tally, who blames Lucy for the marital meltdown. Low self-esteem is hereditary: you get it from your kids. While Tally’s busy trying to find a loophole in her birth certificate so she can put herself up for adoption, Lucy strives to accept that a child is for life and not just for Christmas. Could teenagers be God’s punishment for having sex in the first place?

This is a book about what to do when you fall in love. (Wipe it off your shoes before you walk it all over the carpet.) But above all it's a survival guide for anyone who has realized that the perfect marriage is like an orgasm – many of them are faked.

(author's site, cos I just loved the blurb)

I finished this one really quickly, it was a fun book, and I do love my chick-lit. But it also made me feel sad and upset cos it had the biggest bitch them all (well in a while for me).

I liked Lucy, even when she fell apart, started drinking and forgot about everything. She is in a foreign country and her husband walked out on her. No wonder she is upset, but I still love her, and I feel so sorry for her. Her oldest daughter blames her and verbally abuses her, when she is not baking. her youngest clings to that daddy is not gonna be gone long, wets her bad and have night terrors. It's a household in chaos.

Luckily she gets a witty friend, and yes I can't remember her name...nope. Anyway I did like her even if I forgot her name. We get to meet other fun characters, like Lockie, the guys who holds this course so she can take her bronze medallion, and be able to save people on the beach. Of course I know the minute he walks in that he might be someone that she could fall for. When she gets over her idiot husband that is. But there is also Sebastian, 25, snobbish English, and who promises great sex.

To the bitch then, Renee, her former best friend who slept with her husband and then lured him away, that woman makes me grind me teeth. No one can like her or feel for her. Every time she shows up I feel sorry for Lucy, and Renee always puts her down and says the most awful things. her husband is not any better since he is spellbound by Renee, still he is an idiot so who cares. Well I cared since Lucy loves him and I have no idea who she will choose in the end.

The negative things about this book was also a positive thing. Every time people met, who disliked each other somewhat, or a lot, they gave these witty remarks. And honesely, yes they were fun but come on, put on the spot, with your husbands mistress, will you be able to say all those clever things? Everyone did it, and that part I didn't like, it didn't feel real. Still I also loved this part since they so hit the spot every time.

But this was a book that made me laugh out loud and giggle. It made me feel for Lucy, and it was a fun ride while it lasted. The reason why i enjoy chick-lit so much, easy to read, and makes me laugh.


  1. Sounds like a fun read! I would like to try this one. I might add this to my Friday Finds... thanks!


  2. Oh great review. Adding this one to my list.

  3. Blodeuedd ~ Sounds like an interesting read. I do like the blurb for being honest about marriage... I was married once before/divorced and now remarried. With people like Renee in the book... I don't know if I could take her!
    But I will look this one up, especially if it made you laugh!
    I hope you have a great day!

  4. I'll have to keep this one in mind when I'm in the mood for chick lit again. Thanks for the review!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. Sassy,
    It was a fun read, I read Lette years ago and she didn't let me down when I read her again

    I do want to go out and find some more chick-lit now. It always makes me so happy

    It was sure very honest about marriage. Made me a bit scared for marriage cos of it. Fake marriages and faked orgasms, how sad.
    Renee was evil, first she was just a bitch but then I understood that she was evil. No misunderstood other woman here.
    A fun read, I love those

  6. Anna,
    Chick-lit does cure everything :) I felt in the mood for it again so I am glad the library had just bought this one

  7. Sounds entertaining! I think I may try it. Great review!!

  8. I used to read a lot of Kathy Lette's books quite a few years ago, but haven't in ages. I think she just slipped my mind. Will definitely look up this one.

  9. Missy,
    Thanks, it was a nice, fun read.

    Scrap girl,
    I have only read two, one of them wasn't that fun in the end. But the other one I loved so when I saw this I had to borrow it at once

  10. And that's totally why I love it too..fun, easy, but you still take something away from it!! Fun review!

  11. Hi Blodeuedd!

    Sounds great and I'm in the mood for fun. Just the title caught my attention and the blurb sold me. I'll be looking for it too.

    Seriously, the title and cover art are making me laugh! It's similar to the cover art used by the women of the Lipstick Chronicles....I love all their mysteries/romance novels.

    Dottie :)

  12. I love witty and clever comments! Though I agree- much harder to think up when you're put on the spot.

  13. Thanks Michelle!

    It's teh perfect recipe for a good book.

    I know, I saw the title and though, funny, the cover looked hilarious. And if that hadn't already sold me the blurb did. I had to include it here, they sure did a great job.

    I must look those up :) I love great funny covers. Those who make them get that yes we want something good inside too but first impressions can be vital for picking something new up

  14. Aarti,
    I know, and they just went on and on. I would be more put on the spot, and minutes later when alone come up with all those clever things

  15. This sounds great! I'm adding it to my wish list. Great review!

  16. This does sound like a fun one. Great review.

  17. Yvonne,
    Thanks, it was sure a fun read, I am loving chick-lit

    It sure was

  18. I need some books to fill up my chick lit challenge and this book sounds good! Thanks for the great review, Blodeuedd! Now I'm heading over to take a look at the rest of the books you've read for your CLC.

  19. Ladybug,
    I sure read some fun books, loved Kinsella, still one unread by her so must get that one day.
    And lette is hilarious



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